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AARP
This website includes a wide variety of articles, links, and information.

Contact information:
www.aarp.org


AARP AgeLine Database
Summaries of books, articles and videos related to life at 50+ and to issues of aging. Summaries of publications targeted to researchers, policymakers, service providers, consumers and the general public. Easy to search options for finding information for your personal and professional needs. Links on AgeLine home page to related statistical and research resources.

Contact information:
research.aarp.org/ageline/home.html


AARP Research Center
This website presents the results of AARP research and other relevant reference information to AARP members, the general public, the aging network and professionals in related fields via the association's Internet sites.

Contact information:
www.aarp.org/research


Access America for Seniors
This website is a gateway to federal information and services for senior citizens and is sponsored by Access America for Seniors and maintained by the Social Security Administration. It is a directory to government agency resources and services.

Contact information:
www.seniors.gov


Advocates for Human Rights, The
This organization takes action regarding immigrant and other issues. Visit the website for programs and resources.

Contact information:
www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/


Age Concern
A British website that discusses issues related to aging.

Contact information:
www.ace.org.uk


AgeNet Eldercare Network
The AgeNet website has resources on the following topics: health, drugs, legal, insurance, financial, caregiving, housing, and shopping.

Contact information:
www.agenet.com


Aging Today
Aging Today is an online newsletter with information about aging for seniors and their families.

Contact information:
www.agingtoday.org/


Aging Well
"Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life," by George Vaillant (from the Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development - Little Brown, 2002, is a review of longitudinal studies of aging. Vaillant concludes that happiness in old age depends as much on our inner life as it does on exercise, diet and all the rest that we hear so much about in current versions of successful aging (Philadelphia Inquirer, September 16, 2001 pp 4-5). Pub. Date: January 2003; ISBN-13: 9780316090070


American Society on Aging (ASA)
The American Society on Aging provides education, training, and information on services to the elderly and other age-related topics.

Contact information:
www.asaging.org


An Aging World: 2001
U.S. Department of Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging and the U.S. Department of Commerce report on aging in the world. Also includes is a one-page, 20 question and answers quiz on aging.

Contact information:
www.census.gov/prod/2001pubs/p95-01-1.pdf


Area Agencies on Aging - Minnesota
Area agencies on aging provide seniors, their families, and caregivers information about services, financial assistance, and health care coverage through the Senior LinkAge Line® (1-800-333-2433), in-person volunteer visits, and group education sessions. To find contact information for individual Area Agencies on Aging in Minnesota, click "About m4a" than select "AAA contact information"

Contact information:
www.minnesota-aaa.org/


Area Agencies on Aging - National
Area agencies on aging provide seniors, their families, and caregivers information about services, financial assistance, and health care coverage. This website will give you contact information for AAA around the country.

Contact information:
www.nasua.org


CLUES
CLUES provides services that advance and enhance the quality of Latino's lives in Minnesota. They provide mental health services, chemical health services, family services, aging well services, employment services, and educational services.

Contact information:
www.clues.org


Centenarians: The Bonus Years
Centenarians, people who live to be 100 years of age, are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. They are role models for the future of aging, and for the secrets of aging well. Adler, L. P. (1995). Centenarians: The bonus years. Santa Fe, NM: Health Press.ISBN-13: 978-0929173023


Center for Societal Education about Aging for Change (the SEA Change Center)
George Washington University, Washington, D.C., is launching a new center to develop a public education program aimed at making young people aware of the positive aspects of aging. The Center for Societal Education about Aging for Change will challenge traditional portrayals of the old in children's literature as "weird, wicked or weak," said Gene D. Cohen, who is director of GWU's center on Aging, Health and Humanities.

Contact information:
www.gwumc.edu/cahh/rsch/sea_change.htm


Center for Third Age Leadership
The Center For Third Age Leadership (CTAL) helps individuals create more personally fulfilling lives after 50 through seminars, retreats and coaching. CTAL also helps organizations maximize productivity by minimizing the impact of an aging workforce and protect at-risk functions by leveraging the value of employee experience.

Contact information:
www.thirdagecenter.com


Center on Aging at Minnesota State University, Mankato
The Center on Aging is dedicated to enhancing the process and prospects of aging for individuals and the community through integrated education, research and service.

Contact information:
sbs.mnsu.edu/gerontology/resources/center-on-aging.html


Center on Aging of the University of Minnesota
The Center on Aging of the University of Minnesota has a listing of links and websites useful for seniors and advocates.

Contact information:
www.hpm.umn.edu/coa/


Citizens League
The Citizens League involves citizens in discussing public policy issues and coming up with solutions to them. Citizens can participate in study groups, read Citizens League publications, and attend open forums about local, metropolitan and state level issues.

Contact information:
www.citizensleague.net


Community Action of Minneapolis
This organization helps with energy assistance, weatherization, and more for low-income people.

Contact information:
www.campls.org/


DARTS
DARTS provides professionally coordinated transportation and in-home services to Dakota County, MN seniors and their families, and meaningful employment and volunteer opportunities for people of all ages.

Contact information:
www.darts1.org


Eldercare Locator, The
The Eldercare Locator, a nationwide toll-free service, helps older adults and their caregivers find local services for seniors. The U.S. Administration on Aging makes part of this service available on-line so that consumers can easily link to the information and referral (I&R) services of their state and area agencies on aging. These I&R programs can help you identify appropriate services in the area where you or your family member resides. The website has a database searchable by state and zip code.

Contact information:
www.eldercare.gov/


Everyday Democracy
These small-group, democratic, peer-led discussions give people opportunities to make a difference in their communities. Study circle programs bring diverse people into face-to-face groups to address critical issues. This site offers materials and articles that describe the study circle approach to community discussion and conflict resolution. You can find programs that have been effective in Minnesota

Contact information:
www.everyday-democracy.org/en/index.aspx


Families USA
Families USA is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to achieving high-quality, affordable health care and long-term care for all Americans. For more information about membership, publications, training and network members visit their website.

Contact information:
www.familiesusa.org


Fountain of Age, The
In this book, feminist author Betty Friedan debunks the societal myths about aging and offers an alternative vision of older living as an adventure. Friedan, B. (1993). The fountain of age. New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN-13: 978-0671898533


Frailty Myth, The: Women Approaching Physical Equality
The author asserts that the physical weakness of women is a myth. Dowling, C. (2000). The frailty myth: Women approaching physical equality. New York: Random House. ISBN-13: 978-0375502354


Gerotranscendence in a Broad Cross Sectional Perspective
This journal article explains Lars Tornstam's theory of gerotranscendence. Tornstam, L. (1997). Gerotranscendence in a broad cross sectional perspective. Journal of Aging and Identity, 2 1, 17-36.

Contact information:
www.soc.uu.se/research/gerontology/gerotr_1.html


Good Age Newspaper
Good Age is a free, monthly newspaper available in various community locations. It covers a range of topics including travel, health, finance, caregiving and events. An archive of past articles is available on the website.

Contact information:
www.mngoodage.com/


Graying of America, The: An Encyclopedia of Aging, Health, Mind, and Behavior
The objective of this encyclopedia is to "relate in nontechnical language the results of research about the health, mental functioning, and social functioning" of the elderly. The 300 articles define terms relevant to the aging process and describe and interpret research results in the areas of the biology, psychology, and sociology of aging. Kausler, Donald H., & Kausler, Barry C. (2001). The Graying of America: An encyclopedia of aging, health, mind, and behavior (2d ed.). Chicago: University of Illinois Press. ISBN-13: 978-0252026355


Great Conversations
This first-of-its-kind series teams prominent members of the University's faculty with renowned experts from around the world, for pubic dialogues about some of the day's most pressing issues.

Contact information:
www.cce.umn.edu/conversations/


Haworth Press Online Catalog
The Haworth Press publishes a catalog of books and journals related to midlife and aging.

Contact information:
www.haworthpressinc.com/


Index of Native American Resources
The Index of Native American Resources on the Internet lists sites Including: activist sites, culture, education, history, indigenous knowledge, Native American art-related sites, and bibliographical sites.

Contact information:
www.hanksville.org/NAresources/


Indian Elder Desk
The Indian Elder Desk helps develop model programs for urban and rural Native Americans.

Contact information:
www.mnaging.org/advocate/elderDesk.htm


Info-U - University of Minnesota Extension
Through technology, INFO-U provides research-based answers to over 650 questions frequently asked by the public. Housing, food nutrition and safety, horticulture and family living are among the available topics.

Contact information:
www.extension.umn.edu/info-u


International Longevity Center-USA
The center's mission is to help societies address longevity and population aging in positive and productive ways and to highlight older people's productivity and contributions to their families and society as a whole. The organization is part of a multinational research and education consortium, to study how greater life expectancy and increased proportions of older people impact nations around the world. The work of the center is international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational.

Contact information:
www.ilcusa.org


International Network on Personal Meaning
The INPM is dedicated to advancing health, spirituality, peace and human fulfillment through research, education and applied psychology with a focus on the universal human quest for meaning and purpose. We do this through articles on meaningful living, providing a source for research on meaning and existentialism, and information on meaning centered counseling and therapy for students and practitioners

Contact information:
www.meaning.ca/index.htm


League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters is a multi-issue, grassroots volunteer organization of concerned women and men working together to better understand and influence complex issues. Local chapters throughout Minnesota research issues they identify and take action to address them.

Contact information:
www.lwv.org/


Minnesota Board on Aging
The Minnesota Board on Aging website provides many benefits to individuals and their families, including services to determine which Minnesota public benefits they may be qualified to receive. The site leads the user through a process to determine what help might be available, and the resources are not necessarily income based.

Contact information:
www.mnaging.org


Minnesota Department of Health Refugee Health Program
The Minnesota Department of Health Refugee Health Program coordinates initial health assessments, educates providers on health screening protocols and provides health resources for foreign-born populations and their health care providers and other services.

Contact information:
www.health.state.mn.us/refugee/


Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs
This website provides information on veteran benefits and links to individual armed forces pages and to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Contact information:
www.mdva.state.mn.us/


Minnesota Legislature
This website connects you to House and Senate members, laws, employment opportunities and committee schedules.

Contact information:
www.leg.state.mn.us


Minnesota Senior Federation Metropolitan Region
The Minnesota Senior Federation takes leadership on issues affecting older adults in the Twin Cities metro area.

Contact information:
www.mnseniors.org


Minnesota Women's Consortium
Coalition of women's organizations working for equality and justice.

Contact information:
www.mnwomen.org


Minnesota's Older Women's League (OWL)
The mission of Minnesota's Older Women's League (OWL) is to change the image and status of older women, reduce the economic and social hardships of midlife and older women, and provide mutual support to members.

Contact information:
www.owl-mn.org


MinnesotaHelp.Info
MinnesotaHelp.info is an online directory of services designed to help people in Minnesota find human services, information and referral, financial assistance, and other forms of help. It is rich in resource information for seniors and their caregivers; people with disabilities and their caregivers; parents and families; and low income people.

Contact information:
www.minnesotahelp.info


National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities, NASUAD
This national non-profit organization of 57 states and government territories on aging, has a mission of "States United for Action in Aging." Their website contains resources and publications on policy and governance. It has links to Eldercare and Elder Abuse resources.

Contact information:
www.nasuad.org/


National Centenarian Awareness Project
The National Centenarian Awareness Project, based in Phoenix, seeks to contact and honor all those 100 years old and older for their contributions to our past. The NCAP also works with community entities to promote recognition of our eldest citizens.

Contact information:
www.adlercentenarians.com


National Council on Aging
A quick, confidential and free service developed by the National Council on the Aging that will help millions of seniors and their families connect to the federal and state programs available to them

Contact information:
www.BenefitsCheckUp.org


National Institute on Aging
The National Institute on Aging site is a main link to many resources on aging and health.

Contact information:
www.nih.gov/nia/health


National Resource Center on Native American Aging
The National Resource Center on Native American Aging publishes a regular newsletter and has a website with resource links for Native American elders.

Contact information:
ruralhealth.und.edu/projects/nrcnaa/


Network of Multicultural Aging
he Network of Multicultural Aging (NOMA) is a national community of individuals and organizations who are concerned with diversity and working toward cultural competence on all levels. NOMA focuses on the following goals: To promote the understanding, appreciation and use of cultural differences as a critical factor in the development of systems, institutions and programs in the aging network. To provide a forum for discussing and addressing issues of multicultural aging, diversity and cultural competence. To collaborate with other ASA constituent groups and standing committees to weave issues of diversity and cultural competence into the fabric of the organization. To provide consultation, technical assistance and educational support to its members.

Contact information:
www.asaging.org/networks/noma/about.cfm


Nine Myths of Aging, The: Maximizing the Quality of Later Life
Dr. Powell debunks the most prevalent myths about aging and explains why knowing the truth can help one remain physically, mentally and socially vigorous for as long as possible. Powell, D. H. (1998). The nine myths of aging: Maximizing the quality of later life. New York: W. H. Freeman. ISBN-10: 0716731045


No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement
This book presents a new paradigm for thinking about disabilities, one that could be useful to older adults. Shapiro, J. (1993). No pity: People with disabilities forging a new civil rights movement. New York: Random House. ISBN-13: 978-0812924121


North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement
This website provides many educational and personal opportunities for retired persons.

Contact information:
www.unca.edu/ncccr


Novartis Foundation for Gerontology
The Novartis Foundation for Gerontology has an award-winning site on geriatrics, healthy aging, and elder care.

Contact information:
www.healthandage.com


Okinawa Centenarian Study, The
This website accompanies the book, The Okinawa Program. It has a lot of free information about the phenomenon of low mortality rates and high numbers of Centenarians on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

Contact information:
www.okicent.org/


Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy
Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy has a weekend program to identify, train, and develop leaders on issues affecting people who are aging & their family members. The Academy is designed to identify and develop volunteer leaders and advocates on issues related to aging.

Contact information:
www.workworld.org/wwwebhelp/aging_services_aging_advocacy_leadership_academy_oklahoma.htm


Older Women's League (OWL)
The Older Women's League (OWL) conducts research, education, and advocacy activities related to women as they age.

Contact information:
www.owl-national.org/


Pioneer Network, The
The Pioneer Network, based in Rochester, New York, is dedicated to transforming the culture of aging in America.

Contact information:
www.pioneernetwork.net


Points of View
Points of View, Inc. offers many resources including: public speakers; training sessions, such as a 3-? hour training program to prepare facilitators to lead an intergenerational dialogue process; books, videos, audio productions and design services for the aging eye. Dr. James Gambone specializes in "interactive keynotes." Topics include: the value of intergenerational perspectives, the aging of society, building healthy communities, "ReFirement," and others.

Contact information:
www.pointsofviewinc.com/


Positive Aging Newsletter
The Positive Aging electronic newsletter features new research, publications and programs that emphasize positive dimensions of growing older.

Contact information:
www.taosinstitute.net/positive-aging-newsletter-sign-up


Project 2030 Final Report
The project's purpose was to identify the impact of the aging of the population in Minnesota to help prepare the State's response to the "baby boom" generation that begins turning 85 in 2030.

Contact information:
www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_DYNAMIC_CONVERSION&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=id_005426


Public Policy through a Family Lens: Sustaining Families in the 21st Century
The National Council on Family Relations has published a report, "Public Policy through A Family Lens: Sustaining Families in the 21st Century," a tool for addressing family policy issues. Click on Products/Resources on the website to view the online catalog.

Contact information:
www.ncfr.org/member/home.asp


Red Hot Mamas: Coming into Our Own at Fifty
The author discusses issues that concern women over fifty including: how 50 looks, menopause, caregiving burdens, intimate relationships, sexual changes and expectations, and achieving control over financial matters. Dowling, C. (1996). Red hot mamas: Coming into our own at fifty. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN-13: 978-0553374957


Senior Advocates FYI
Senior Advocates FYI is a free, bi-weekly publication of the MN Board on Aging. To subscribe or get more information.

Contact information:
www.mnaging.org/advocate/seniorAdvocateFYI.htm


Senior LinkAge Line®
Provides information and assistance on a wide variety of community services available to older adults and their families via telephone. The Senior LinkAge Line® is a program of the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Area Agencies on Aging.

Contact information:
800-333-2433
www.mnaging.org/advisor/SLL.htm


Senior Links at the Hennepin County Libraries
Senior Links include information and resources about activities, key issues and services for older adults.

Contact information:
www.hennepin.lib.mn.us/55plus/


Teaching Gerontology
Policy and Research for professionals and others in aging

Contact information:
www.aarp.org/research/academic/teaching_gerontology.html


Transitions Online
This online newsletter is sponsored by Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology in Detroit, Michigan, which has a multidisciplinary team of faculty whose research focuses on the social and behavioral aspects of aging and health. The mission of the IOG is to increase knowledge about aging, improve the practice of gerontology, and influence public policy.

Contact information:
www.iog.wayne.edu/newsletter.php


Victorian Hands Foundation, The
The Victorian Hands Foundation, launched by Nadia Campbell, in 1994 strives to make the elderly feel loved and appreciated, as well as to make sure that they are abandoned by the communities that they served for so many years.

Contact information:
www.tvhf.org


Volunteers of America -- Minnesota
Founded in 1896, Volunteers of America of Minnesota is one of the oldest, largest and most comprehensive human service organizations in the state. They are an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) with more than 60 programs, 700 employees and 4,000 volunteers. A wide variety of programs serve more than 27,000 children, adolescents and their families, older adults, students, persons with disabilities and special needs, and ex-offenders each year. They have a rich history of developing innovative, quality programs that address emerging social issues and community needs, They have many volunteer opportunities.

Contact information:
www.voamn.org


World Association of Persons with Disabilities (WAPD)
The WAPD is a grassroots advocacy group for "disAbled" persons.

Contact information:
www.wapd.org


 

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